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Here are two articles and one column regarding the issue of pornography in public libraries. First, the column from the Twin Cities Business Daily. Next, a public apology from the Minneapolis Public Library from the Star Tribune. Last, an undercover investigation from MSNBC.
The Salt Lake Tribune has this article on the filtering situation in Utah. They don\'t mess around out there.
\"It won\'t be hard for libraries to satisfy a new Utah law requiring them to keep children from using library computers to peep at the Internet\'s dark side.
That\'s because most libraries already are doing so, says State Librarian Amy Owen.
An informal survey conducted by Owen\'s office last fall showed all but two libraries already had policies restricting Internet access -- and those two were in the process of writing them. One library, Rich County\'s, did not provide Internet access to patrons.\" -- Read More
\"AOL\'s recent Internet filtering debacle, involving a list of permitted sites that appeared to have a strong conservative bias, underscored an important point. While the furor over Web filtering, once a rallying point for many free speech or \"free Web\" advocates, may have died down, filtering tools appear to be here to stay. And they\'re not getting much better. When a major ISP can block the Million Mom March site as unsuitable for children, it\'s clear there\'s still plenty of room for improvement.\" -- Read More
\"While many library patrons may not realize it, the answer depends on the library they visit. In Chicago, access to the Internet is free of computer programs that screen out possibly objectionable material, such as full-frontal nudity.
In Schaumburg, the Internet at the library comes filtered.\" -- Read More
APBnews has this article about South Carolina Attorney General Charles Condon who gave his support of a bill that would let libraries in the state filter the Internet without having to deal with first amendment issues.
\"Public libraries have no obligation to provide computers or Internet service,\" Condon wrote in a 10-page decision. \"Notwithstanding this fact, however, public libraries have the constitutional right to use filters to remove pornography.\" -- Read More
CNET has a
funny (In a sad way) Story on AOL\'s
\"youth filters\" that are filtering out sites like Ralph
Nader\'s Green Party or Ross Perot\'s Reform Party, and
The Democratic National Committee is blocked.
Sites promoting gun use are available, including
Colt, Browning and the National Rifle Association. But
prominent gun safety organizations are blocked,
including the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Safer
Guns Now and the Million Mom March. -- Read More
\"A measure that would censor the Internet on library computers and keep kids from being exposed to pornography won unanimous approval Wednesday from the House Education Committee.
But the committee rejected an amendment by Rep. Don Lee, R-Littleton, to require parents\' signatures when issuing library cards to minors. The amendment would have allowed parents access to library records so they could monitor what their children read.\" -- Read More
More and more children are accessing pornography on the Internet,\" Campbell said. \"More and more sexual predators are using libraries to access our children.\"
[Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac] -- Read More
For almost a year, longtime East Side activist Otis
Thompson has led a small-scale crusade to prevent
Internet access to pornography at city libraries.
Last month, bench advertisements popped up at various East Side bus stops, including one in front of the San Antonio Public Library\'s Carver branch.
Their message: \"Stamp out pornography at Carver Library.\"
\"We\'ve fought against gangs, alcohol and cigarettes,\"
Thompson said. \"Now we\'re faced with fighting pornography.\"